Thirty-five members of Congress co-signed a letter urging the prioritization of sleep health research and awareness in the FY 2025 appropriations bill.


Summary: A group of 35 members of Congress co-signed a letter urging the prioritization of sleep health research and awareness in the FY 2025 appropriations bill. They called on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to include language supporting sleep health initiatives, including providing funding for the CDC to support sleep health and sleep disorder awareness and enhancing sleep screening and awareness tools through HRSA. Their advocacy was supported by Project Sleep, a non-profit organization that credited nationwide sleep advocates for securing bipartisan Congressional support.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Thirty-five members of Congress co-signed a letter advocating for prioritizing sleep health research and awareness in the FY 2025 appropriations bill.
  • The letter called for providing CDC funding for sleep health initiatives and enhanced screening opportunities through HRSA.
  • Project Sleep credited nationwide advocates for mobilizing Congressional support and driving momentum for prioritizing sleep disorders research and awareness.

A group of 35 members of Congress co-signed a Congressional letter on May 1, advocating for Congress and federal health partners to prioritize sleep research and public awareness.

The letter called on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to consider language regarding sleep health and sleep disorders within the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2025.

Their recommended language included providing funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to support sleep health awareness, epidemiology, and care activities. They also called for enhanced screening opportunities through the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as a continued focus on innovative research by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health.

“The committee notes the troubling lack of coordinated sleep activities in public health despite the impact of sleep as a major driver of health,” the letter reads.

Project Sleep, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about sleep health, sleep equity, and sleep disorders, credited sleep advocates nationwide for helping reach Congressional leaders.

“Their efforts culminated in securing 35 Congressional co-signers for the appropriations letter—a significant achievement. Previous years saw varying levels of support: 31 co-signers in 2019, 41 in 2020, 54 in 2021, 36 in 2022, and 33 in 2023. This sustained momentum is crucial in advancing national awareness of sleep health and equity and addressing sleep disorders,” reads a post from Project Sleep.

Representatives who joined the letter:

  • Congressman Adam B. Schiff of CA-30
  • Congressman Jake Auchincloss of MA-4
  • Congressman Jamaal Bowman of NY-16
  • Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick of FL-20
  • Congressman Gerald E. Connolly of VA-11
  • Congresswoman Angie Craig of MN-2
  • Congressman Danny Davis of IL-7
  • Congresswoman Madeleine Dean of PA-4
  • Congressman Donald Davis of NC-1
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette of CO-1
  • Congressman Lloyd Doggett of TX-37
  • Congressman Bill Foster of IL-11
  • Congressman Jared Golden of ME-2
  • Congressman Daniel Goldman of NY-10
  • Congressman Josh Gottheimer of NJ-5
  • Congressmanwoman Jahana Hayes of CT-5
  • Congressman James Himes of CT-4
  • Congresswoman Summer Lee of PA-12
  • Congressman Stephen Lynch of MA-8
  • Congressman Seth Magaziner of RI-2
  • Congressman Jim McGovern of MA-2
  • Congressman Kevin Mullin of CA-15
  • Congressman Richard Neal of MA-1
  • Congressman Chris Pappas of NH-1
  • Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen of CO-7
  • Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of ME-1
  • Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of MA-7
  • Congressman Jamie Raskin of MD-8
  • Congressman Patrick Ryan of NY-18
  • Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky of IL-9
  • Congresswoman Terri Sewell of AL-7
  • Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of MI-7
  • Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger of VA-07
  • Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland of WA-10
  • Congresswoman Lori Trahan of MA-3

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